The Associated Press today reported the results of a public records request by the Idaho Education Association that showed that nearly 1,300 Idaho teachers left the field last year, a sharp jump from about 700 the year before. Reporter Jessie Bonner wrote, “The statewide teachers union is saddened to hear more teachers are leaving but not surprised, said Idaho Education Association President Penni Cyr. She pointed to new education changes that were introduced last year to limit collective bargaining and eliminate job protections, among other things.”
Penni also did interviews later today on the same topic with KBOI Radio, the Lewiston Tribune, and KPVI-TV in Pocatello. She said the new laws have made the state less attractive to new teachers and have demoralized veteran teachers. Superintendent Tom Luna blamed the economy for people leaving the field.